Another great way to engage your students is with the creation of storyboards that asks your students to uncover Tone, native Choice, Imagery, Style, and also Theme. This task is called a twist (an acronym for the literary elements). In a TWIST, students focus on a specific paragraph, or few pages, come look deeper at the author’s meaning.


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Using any kind of paragraph or brief selection, students deserve to examine, depict, explain, and predict what will take place while getting a an excellent idea the the tone of the story.

TWIST analysis for “The Devil and also Tom Walker”

“Let the skull alone!” stated a gruff voice. Tom lifted up his eyes, and also beheld a great black man seated straight opposite him, ~ above the stump of a tree. He to be exceedingly surprised, having actually neither heard nor watched anyone approach; and he was still more perplexed top top observing, and the collection gloom would certainly permit, that the stranger to be neither negro nor Indian. It is true he to be dressed in a crude half-Indian garb, and also had a red belt or sash swathed ring his body; but his face was neither black nor copper-color, but swarthy and dingy, and also begrimed v soot, together if he had been accustomed to toil amongst fires and also forges. He had a shock the coarse black color hair, the stood out from his head in every directions, and also bore one ax on his shoulder. The scowled for a minute at Tom v a pair of good red eyes.

Washington Irving The Devil and also Tom WalkerTWIST
TONESurprised, Perplexed, Observing: Tom is startled due to the fact that he is alone in the woods and also was no expecting to see anyone, especially someone so unusual looking.
WORD CHOICE Gruff, Gloom, not Seen, Black, Stranger, Dingy, Begrimed, Soot, Shock.

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IMAGERY“...he was dressed in a crude half-Indian garb, and had a red belt or sash swathed ring his body; however his confront was neither black color nor copper-color, however swarthy and dingy...”STYLEThe narrator uses details imagery and also description to highlight the stranger to the audience.THEMEThe narrator speak of the stranger together an apparition and also places a grisly familiarity to the figure who is the devil. Discovering Tom"s miserly ways and also his encounter through this figure, the reader can infer that Tom will market his spirit to the evil one for wealth.

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Student Instructions

Perform a TWIST evaluation of a an option from "The Devil and Tom Walker". Remember the TWIST represents Tone, indigenous Choice, Imagery, Style, Theme.

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Click "Start Assignment".Choose any combination of scenes, characters, items, and text to represent each letter the TWIST.Write a few sentences explicate the prestige or meaning of the images. Finalize images, edit, and proofread your work.
Grade Level
9-12